THERE ARE LESSONS FOR INDIA FROM U.S. VERDICT
Published 07-07-2020 09:56 GMT-0000
On a foggy June morning of 1987, in his famous speech President Ronald Reagan had famously implored (and rightly so) General Secretary Gorbachev of, what was then, the Soviet Union to tear down a certain wall. The wall that he was referring to was the Berlin Wall. President Trump controversially talks of walls too, to keep the ‘savage other’ out. It seems as if American politics, very much like the American dream, is like running from pillar to post, always in a constant state of flux. Err…or should I say running from ‘wall’ to ‘wall’?!
THERE HAS NEVER BEEN SUCH AN ELUSIVE VIRUS
Published 07-07-2020 09:49 GMT-0000
Covid-19 deaths are indifferent statistics. Till when one of the numerals indicates the passing away of someone who was close acquaintance, a relative or workplace colleague. Then, the number takes shape in flesh and blood. And, then, all of a sudden, the coronavirus is too close home for comfort! The fact of the matter is, the coronavirus has so far killed only an infinitesimally small number. But every life lost is a tragedy and leaves a void behind.
FISCAL DEFICIT IS NOT ANY MORE A MAJOR ISSUE FOR POLICY MAKERS
Published 01-07-2020 11:12 GMT-0000
Extreme situations bring forth extreme thinking. When the world is facing economic crisis from coronavirus pandemic and government spending is shooting through the roof, Modern Monetary Theory —or better known now-a-days as MMT— is putting forward an alternative viewpoint — don’t bother about rising deficit in government budget.
HEALTHCARE OF PEOPLE IS LINKED WITH PROTECTION OF PROPER CLIMATE
Published 04-06-2020 10:05 GMT-0000
World Environment Day is observed every year on 5th June. The COVID-19 Pandemic has made us to think that the issue of environmental degradation and climate change cannot be just a ritual discussion but it has to be taken very seriously.
BUT FIGHT FOR SOCIALISM WILL BE HARD AND PROLONGED
Published 28-05-2020 10:24 GMT-0000
People, out of their despair and hope have begun to ask “will socialism come back?". Many of them do it out of sincerity and eagerness. Certain others may not be so enthusiastic. Coming back of socialism cannot be ruled out. With the same emphasis it needs to be stated that it cannot happen in a dramatic way. Re-emergence of socialism in the new world order should have to be a historical process in which various factors such as economic, political, ideological, social and environmental questions are to be addressed. It is not at all a simple task as many may wish.
GREAT REVOLUTIONARY WHO BUILT NEW VIETNAM
Published 20-05-2020 10:06 GMT-0000
Published 14-05-2020 15:32 GMT-0000
“When you can uproot all the grass of Vietnam, only then will there be no anti-French fighters left in Vietnam”. It was told by Nguyen Trung Truc before he was killed by French colonialist when they invaded Saigon region in the year 1859. That was the spirit of the Vietnamese people from the very beginning against all occupiers that include the Chinese domination from 179 BC to 938 AD, French domination from 1884-1945 for some period of Japanese occupation and later on US aggression from 1961 to 1975.
What we are experiencing today due to Covid-19 crisis is the most unprecedented occurrence of our times. Who would have imagined in the month of February that our fast paced life would suddenly come to a standstill? All our plans will remain in our planner and the milestones we needed to cover will have a new name - ‘Social Distancing’! We are in this situation for almost two months now but helpless against this small but shrewd virus that overruns the world, every nook and corner, the mightiest to weakest, the richest to the poorest. All nations, developed or underdeveloped, are being treated equally by this most undiscriminating virus. In India, even with the recent leniency in the lockdown with the Red, Orange and Green zones, we are still sitting at home, helpless and desperate, waiting for this fury to calm down.
COVID-19 HAS LAID BARE LABOUR EXPLOITATION PROVING MARX RIGHT
Published 06-05-2020 12:44 GMT-0000
Marxism, which is the world’s most influential body of thought and has also changed the course of human history, has become more relevant in the Indian context for addressing the economic and humanity crisis that the country was facing in the prevailing situation.
ON HIS 203RD BIRTHDAY, KARL MARX IS THE RADICAL THINKER WE NEED
Published 05-05-2020 10:28 GMT-0000
Two centuries later since the birth of Karl Marx, the teachings of the Communist Manifesto are being further underlined by the coming of the coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath. On the great German philosopher’s 203rd birth anniversary, it’s good to recall what Marx said in the Communist Manifesto: "...this formula clearly proves that the bourgeoisie no longer has the right to be the ruler of society, has no right to impose the conditions of its existence on society as the ultimate law. The bourgeoisie is not fit to rule because they Unable to confirm the existence of slaves in slavery, cannot bring them down to a state where the wealth of slaves Instead of eating, the slave has to be fed. In this bourgeois regime, society can no longer live, that is, in other words, its existence is no longer compatible with society ... The fall of the bourgeoisie and the victory of the proletariat are both inevitable. .... "
PLEDGE TO BUILD A NEW WORLD NEEDs RENEWAL
Published 29-04-2020 10:07 GMT-0000
May Day is a day of celebration. It is celebration of labour and labourers who are the creators of the wealth of the nations. It is a day to demonstrate the strength of the working people, alliance of workers and peasants, unity of the trade unions and labour movements and to express solidarity nationally and internationally.